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Perfect Hits 1975-1981
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Thanks to relentless MTV exposure, Billy Idol became a virtual one-man parody of himself--and the tattered, all-too-quickly recycled remains of mid-'80s new wave--in near record time. And before it became one of the '90s m... more »
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Thanks to relentless MTV exposure, Billy Idol became a virtual one-man parody of himself--and the tattered, all-too-quickly recycled remains of mid-'80s new wave--in near record time. And before it became one of the '90s most overused cultural labels, Generation X was the name of Idol's short-lived ('78 to '81) entrée into London's oft-sordid punk wars, often to the chagrin of U.K. critics who found their antics a trifle posed. But Idol and guitarist Tony James didn't let concerns about authenticity get in the way of some lively age-baiting (thumbing their noses at the Who on "Your Generation"), faux anthems to "the movement" ("100 Punks"), or the perils of individualism--or was it onanism? (an early version of Idol's later hit "Dancin' with Myself"). And if proceedings sometimes went spectacularly awry (their painful "punk" take on John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth"), Gen X often got by--as do many third-generation punks--on nothing more than loopy bubble-punk exuberance. --Jerry McCulley
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Generation X - 'Perfect Hits, 1975-1981' (Capitol)
Mike Reed | USA | 03/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Had it not been for independently run radio shows, I probably never would have heard much about Generation X - a short-lived essential British punk band - featuring of course vocalist and future fashion plate Billy Idol. I know I've seen a couple of vintage clips of theirs on cable music shows late at night, but this fifteen track hits package is truly the way to go - I mean here, you get plenty of their stunning self-titled debut plus some hits you might've never heard before. Tunes I found myself playing repeatedly were the early version of "Dancing With Myself", "Your Generation" (possibly, one of THE best punk songs of all time), the fist-pumping "Ready Steady Go", "One Hundred Punks" and John Lennon's "Gimme Some Truth". Line-up: Billy Idol-vocals, Bob Andrews-guitar, Tony James-bass and Mark Laff-drums. Highly recommended."
Pretty Good Compilation
J.blue | 08/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a Billy Idol fan i think this is a pretty good addition for your collection. I would recommend it."
Addictive and Energizing
Staceyswo | Annapolis, Maryland | 07/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a fabulous compilation of Generation X's greatest hits.....I can't get it out of my car's cd player! Feeling tired or low??? Just listen to this and your energy level improves instantly. EVERY SONG on here is worth listening to over and over. Check out Billy Idol's latest CD too - his new "John Wayne" is fantasic!"